|1. ||Theophilus Parsons Pugh was born 1831, The Turks and Caicos Islands (son of Theophilus Pugh and Mary Parsons); died 14 Mar 1896, Toowoomba Hospital, Qld. |
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Life Summary [details]
6 November 1831
Turks and Caicos Islands
14 March 1896
Member of Lower House
- Death: 14 Mar 1896, Toowoomba Hospital, Qld; Death of Mr. T. P. Pugh.
The announcement of the death of Mr.
Theophilus Parsons Pugh will be received
with regret generally throughout
the colony, but more especially by those
who have been closely identified with the
early history of Queensland. Mr. Pugh
had filled numerous important positions
in the Southern portion of the colony, and
at the time of his death was Police
Magistrate at Nanango. He had at-
tained the age of 65 years. Mr. Pugh
was born at Turk's Island (Calcoa
group) in 1831. After being educated
at Old Kingswood School, near Bristol,
and at Wesley College, Taunton, he
served a short apprenticeship as a
printer, and then joined the "Southern
Times" at Weymouth. Subsequently
he was connected with the "Mirror" at
Salisbury, and the "Herald" at Swan-
sea. Emigrating to Australia, he ar-
rived at Moreton Bay in June, 1855. Con-
tinuing his Press career, he for a time
acted as correspondent to the " Empire"
of Sydney. He became editor of the
"Moreton Bay Free Press" In 1855, and
occupied the editorial chair of that news-
paper for four years. In 1859 he was ap-
pointed editor of the "Moreton Bay
Courier," then a bi-weekly publication,
whioh was shortly afterwards published
three times a week, and dally from May,
1861. After leaving what is now the
"Brisbane Courier" in 1863, Mr. Pugh
was identified with various journalistic
ventures, and when the Brisbane " Tele-
graph" was started in 1872, Mr. Pugh
was its first editor, a position which he
retained for slightly over a year.
"Pugh's Moreton Bay Almanac" ap-
peared in sheet form at the close of 1857,
and in book size the following year. In
1860 the scope of the almanac?or, rather,
directory?was enlarged, and came out
as "Pugh's Queensland Almanac," and
its publication has been continued yearly
ever since by various publishers. Mr.
Pugh was closely identified with the
movement for obtaining the separation of
Queensland from New South Wales, and
from 1857 to 1859 acted as secretary of
the committee. Until the appointment
of a Government printer, he was the
publisher of the " Government Gazette."
In 1863 he was elected to represent North
Brisbane In the second Parliament of
Queensland. He was re-elected In 1867,
and became Chairman of Committees.
An election taking place In the follow
ing year, Mr. Pugh again secured the
confidence of the electors, but almost
immediately thereafter he retired from
Parliamentary life. Mr. Pugh entered
the civil service, and was appointed
Police Magistrate at Goondiwindi in
1874. He afterwards filled similar posi-
tions at Rockhampton, Warwiok, Bun-
daberg. and Beenlelgh, and latterly at
Nanango. Mr. Pugh, at the time of his
death, was a patient in a private hospital
at Toowoomba. He underwent an
operation on the 7th instant, and never
recovered from its effects, gradually
sinking until he died on Saturday even-
Theophilus married Jane Montgomery 1866, Qld. Jane (daughter of George Montgomery and Jane McAllister) died 18 Oct 1930, Ipswich, Qld. [Group Sheet]
- Lilian Annie Pugh was born 1869, Qld.
- Edford Montgomery Pratt Pugh was born 1871, Qld.
- Theophilus Arthur Pugh was born 1873, Qld.
- Albert Claud Pugh was born 1875, Qld.
- Vychan Carden Pugh was born 1881, Qld.